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Analysis: Bush, Trump And How We Got Here

quoting Bill Whalenvia CBS News
Monday, December 3, 2018

Donald Trump's takeover of the GOP seemed to come into even clearer view this week with the passing of another Republican president, George H.W. Bush. But while the contrasts between the two men are stark — America as a kinder, gentler nation versus America first — it can be argued the foundation for the 45th president was laid during the administration of the 41st.

Analysis and Commentary

What The 2018 Elections Mean For American Education

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Monday, December 3, 2018

On Tuesday, November 27, the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers co-sponsored an event called “The 2018 Elections: What Do They Mean for American Education?” Moderated by Michelle Ringuette, assistant to the president for labor, government & political affairs at the American Federation of Teachers, the panel featured Domingo Morel, assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and the Albert Shanker Institute, and Fordham Insitute president Michael Petrilli.

Analysis and Commentary

The Gracious Toughness Of My Old Boss, George H.W. Bush

by Peter M. Robinsonvia New York Post
Monday, December 3, 2018

Graciousness and toughness. Contradictory attributes though these may seem, in George Herbert Walker Bush they existed in equal, remarkably abundant measure. Start with the toughness. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the future president could have stayed in school. Instead, he enlisted in the US Navy at age 18 and became a pilot a year later. 

Analysis and Commentary

George Bush Led The Biggest Diplomatic Triumph Since Jefferson

by Josef Joffevia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, December 3, 2018

What are the three most glorious moments of American diplomacy? One is the Revolutionary War, when the Founding Fathers roped France into an alliance against Britain that saved the novus ordo seclorum from death in infancy. Another is the Louisiana Purchase, by which Thomas Jefferson doubled the size of the country for a mere $15 million (around $300 million today). The third was a triple win engineered by George H.W. Bush: victory in the Cold War, the reunification of Europe and Germany, and the collapse of the Soviet Union on Christmas 1991.

“Law’s Attrition”—Some Thoughts On Vermeule’s Book, “Law’s Abnegation”

by Adam J. White
Monday, December 3, 2018

In September, I was one of several scholars invited to give some short remarks on Adrian Vermeule’s controversial and interesting book, Law’s Abnegation. Here are my remarks, as prepared for the event.

In the News

Worry Less About Inflation And More About Recession

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia Bloomberg
Monday, December 3, 2018

Here are several reasons to be concerned about how the Fed will respond to the next downturn.

In the News

Teaching Americans To Despise America

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Patriot Post
Monday, December 3, 2018

Recent indications are that younger citizens don't think — or know — much of their own country.

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Trump Should Send China Flowers, Not Tariffs

by John H. Cochrane via The Hill
Monday, December 3, 2018

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met and declared a 90-day cease fire. Where will this end? It’s hard to forecast. Our commander in chief is less predictable than the stock market. But we can opine on what should happen. And we can look for interest — what is in everybody’s interest to have happen?

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Trump V. General Motors

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 3, 2018

By publicly attacking any private firm, the president is abusing his power.

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U.S. Needs New Arctic Icebreakers. Will Trump's Border Wall Get In The Way?

quoting Alice Hillvia WXXV 25
Monday, December 3, 2018
As the ice disappears, the Arctic is increasingly busy. More ship traffic is pouring into northern shipping routes that are now open for longer periods at the same time that demand for oil and gas is rising. The dissolving ice has become less predictable, raising the risk of ships running aground and spilling oil or stranding cargo, crew and cruise passengers. There are also worries about illegal fishing and smuggling.

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